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The Cup Of Benjamin

20 Tevet 5770 – January 6, 2010
When the sons of Jacob went to Egypt for food they became victims of a cruel ruse. As we recently read in the weekly Torah portion, when the provisions the brothers had acquired were loaded on horse and wagon for the return trip to Canaan, the Egyptian viceroy's cup was stealthily planted into the sack of the youngest, Benjamin.

How Do We Understand It All?

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
As I write this column I am returning from the Philippines. Yes, the Philippines! Are there any Jews there? Hashem's people are scattered throughout the four corners of the world. And now, as we enter the period described as Chevlei Moshiach, the holy flock has to be awakened and gathered.

What Will It Take For Us To Get It?

20 Kislev 5769 – December 17, 2008
Those of you who have been following my column and those of you who have read my books, especially Life Is A Test, know that in the closing chapters, I focus on Acharit HaYamim - the days that will precede our Redemption, known as Chevlei Moshiach - the birth pangs that will herald the coming of Messiah.

Did Chagall Know Hebrew?

13 Kislev 5769 – December 10, 2008
It's almost impossible to discuss Jewish art without mentioning Marc Chagall. One of nine children, Chagall was born in Vitebsk (now Belarus), which had about 20,000 Jews.

A Confrontation Between Image and Text

20 Tammuz 5768 – July 23, 2008
What do you get when you mix a Jesuit publishing company, a Reform Jewish scholar, an Orthodox Jewish painter, and a thesis on human-divine encounters?

Chagall’s ‘Window’ Synagogue: Hadassah Hospital

13 Tammuz 5768 – July 16, 2008
Upon walking into the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital, one is forced to look up.

Solomonic Judgment In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’

19 Adar II 5768 – March 26, 2008
Pegging Arthur Miller a Jewish playwright is a dangerous enterprise.

Athens To Jerusalem: Ghiberti’s Masterpiece

18 Tevet 5768 – December 27, 2007
The Gates of Paradise have arrived in New York, and anyone interested in experiencing one of the great masterpieces of the Early Italian Renaissance cannot afford to miss this current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part One)

2 Nisan 5767 – March 21, 2007
On Sunday, February 18, I attended an opening at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life (also known as the Columbia/Barnard Hillel) for the exhibit Words Within.

A Coat Of Transparent Colors

15 Kislev 5767 – December 6, 2006
It is easy to read the narrative of Joseph and his alienation from his family as a tragic tale of missed opportunities in parenting, and brotherly compassion and patience.

Jewish Roaches

27 Elul 5766 – September 20, 2006
Cockroaches are not usually associated with Judaism. They might show up unwanted during Pesach cleaning.

Jacob Mordecai: Pioneer In Women’s Education

6 Elul 5766 – August 30, 2006
There was a time when it was thought unnecessary to give women an academic education equal to the one given to men.

Facing Iran And Hamas: How Shall Israel Stand?

23 Tammuz 5766 – July 19, 2006
For the president of Iran, threats to annihilate Israel are now a daily ritual. Were it not for his country's complementary capacity to inflict genuinely existential harms, these threats would not be worrisome. But Iran's capacity to become fully nuclear is now more imminent than had ever been recognized by our own intelligence communities. It follows that a persistent refrain of genocidal intent issuing from Tehran must now be taken with utmost seriousness in Jerusalem.

A Jewish Art Primer (Part VI) – Contemporary Jewish Art

2 Tammuz 5766 – June 28, 2006
We have documented 1,800 years of Jewish Art production in the preceding five sections of the "Jewish Art Primer".

Rembrandt Etchings

7 Adar I 5765 – February 16, 2005
Walking out of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. the stench of mass murder was overpowering.

Soulmates Or Stalemates? Men Are From Chochmah; Women Are ...

10 Tevet 5765 – December 22, 2004
After a long and taxing day at work, followed by the usual battle with rush hour traffic, Joe finally arrived home.

Letters To The Editor

2 Shevat 5764 – January 25, 2004
'Activist' Doesn'tMean LiberalI really enjoyed reading "Fighting Carter: Memories Of 1980" (op-ed, Dec. 19). As a college activist, I particularly appreciated how it demonstrated...

Q & A: Tractate Avot

12 Tishri 5764 – October 8, 2003
QUESTION: Why is Avot prefaced with a mishna from another tractate? Also, why do we refer to this tractate as Avot, meaning "fathers"?Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

The Sarajevo Haggadah The Choice Of Images

30 Nisan 5763 – May 2, 2003
All Jewish Art depends upon the choice of subject as the primary vehicle to elicit meaning. Style, composition, form and innovation operate in the context of the theme drawn from Jewish texts, commentaries, Midrashim and history. For the artist, that initial choice inevitably influences the artistic agenda of what follows. In the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the most treasured masterpieces of the Jewish people, the artist's choice of Biblical passages molded the intellectual shape and tone of this 14th Century Catalonian masterpiece.

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